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Football world calls on Saudi Arabia to stop pirating of matches

Bodies including Premier League write to Saudi authorities asking them to crack down on content theftThe world’s biggest football authorities, including those who run the Premier League, World Cup and Champions League, have called on Saudi Arabia to ta…

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Kit sponsors can offer fond memories but betting logos would not be missed | Max Rushden

Tottenham with Holsten and Arsenal with JVC evoke shirt nostalgia but gambling is already front and centre in footballForty years ago this week, Liverpool announced the first ever top flight sponsorship deal in the UK with Hitachi – £100,000 over two y…

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Welcome glimpse of England’s Cricket World Cup charge would still infuriate | Vic Marks

The bemusement of Liam Plunkett and co is understandable – their glory bid should be available to all on free-to-air TVThere has been a buzz around the England camp as well as a sense of puzzlement. They are in the semi-finals; they are playing well, t…

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Cricket World Cup final will be on free-to-air TV if England qualify

Sky says it aims to ensure wide audience for final at Lord’s if tournament hosts get thereThe Cricket World Cup final will be shown on a free-to-air platform if England qualify after debate about whether the tournament has captured the public interest….

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Trolls and a flag leave sports marketing masters of universe in black hole | Marina Hyde

Botched launches of Arsenal’s kit and Nike’s trainer exposes halfwitted naivety among wizards of merchandisingDoes any profession attract a higher percentage of sweet summer children than sportswear marketing? We are encouraged to think of this most mo…

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Trolls and a flag leave sports marketing masters of universe in black hole | Marina Hyde

Botched launches of Arsenal’s kit and Nike’s trainer exposes halfwitted naivety among wizards of merchandisingDoes any profession attract a higher percentage of sweet summer children than sportswear marketing? We are encouraged to think of this most mo…

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Bury owner Steve Dale offers to settle some – but not all – of club’s debts

• Proposal to pay football creditors in full and 25% of other money• Deal would avoid winding-up petition but not points penaltySteve Dale, the owner of financially stricken Bury football club, has offered to settle some of the club’s debts and avoid a…

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The racehorse auction in Prince William’s garden where millions change hands

‘It’s called the sport of kings for a reason,’ says head of Goffs, which runs the unusual sale before AscotOn one side of Jubilee Walk, a path that crosses Kensington Gardens towards Kensington Palace, children are laughing as they play on a wooden pir…

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The Guardian view on cricket: play the game | Editorial

The game is shrinking in its homeland, but it still thrills hundreds of thousandsOnce in a while sport throws up some feat of truly astonishing athleticism. Professional sportspeople operate all the time at a level which most of us could never for a mo…

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Sun and sport to boost UK beer and pizza sales this weekend

Eating and drinking frenzy expected due to events including cricket World Cup and Champions League finalSports fans drinking alcohol, ordering takeaways and firing up their barbecues are set to provide pubs, supermarkets and off-licences with a multimi…

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Arsenal’s ongoing Champions League absence has not been so costly | David Conn

Even if the Gunners miss out in the Europa League for the third year running, Uefa’s ‘market pool’ will soften the blow for nowFor Arsenal, victory in the Europa League final in Baku – Uefa’s widely condemned choice of venue – carries the greater signi…

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Mike Ashley in talks with UAE’s Sheikh Khaled over £350m Newcastle sale

• Several hurdles still to be addressed before sale can proceed• Rafael Benítez’s contract as manager runs out on 30 JuneMike Ashley is negotiating the potential £350m sale of Newcastle United to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emi…

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Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

Club accounts for 2017-18 show Manchester United spent the most on wages while champions Manchester City had the third-highest billFinancial figures for 2017-18, for the 20 clubs who were in the Premier League during that season. All details from the m…

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Premier League clubs’ record £4.8bn revenues widens gap to rest of Europe

• Figures dwarf record revenues posted by La Liga and Bundesliga• Gulf between Premier League’s top six and rest is also growingThe Premier League’s 20 clubs made record revenues of £4.827bn in 2017?18, paying total wages of £2.8bn, the Guardian’s annu…

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Star players not close matches are the new turn-on for football’s TV viewers | Sean Ingle

Manchester City’s FA Cup final demolition of Watford may have been boring for some but research shows TV audiences want high-quality entertainment rather than unpredictabilityThere was a moment late in Saturday’s FA Cup final when Manchester City turne…

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Rory McIlroy tops UK’s richest young sports star list for third year running

Golfer’s fortune stands at £138mFootballers dominate all-male listThe Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy has been named the UK’s richest young sports star for the third year running, increasing his fortune by £28m to £138m, in an all-male list dominate…

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It feels like a new dawn after the storm, say Liverpool supporters

After the Champions League comeback, fans salute lessons learned by owners FSG Asked for his immediate thoughts on Liverpool’s astonishing Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona at an ecstatic Anfield, the club’s German manager, Jürgen Klop…

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It feels like a new dawn after the storm, say Liverpool supporters

After the Champions League comeback, fans salute lessons learned by owners FSG Asked for his immediate thoughts on Liverpool’s astonishing Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona at an ecstatic Anfield, the club’s German manager, Jürgen Klop…

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Relegation blues: how a football team’s fortunes can affect a whole city

Sunderland fans could end this season celebrating promotion – but the team’s 2017 and 2018 relegations hurt more than local prideWhen Sunderland AFC take on Portsmouth in the promotion playoff semi-finals this weekend, it won’t just be diehard fans che…

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Formula E losses reach £140m as green racing attracts fresh interest

New teams and sponsors take heart as number of spectators more than doubles in a yearFormula E, the electric-powered racing series, has revealed that its pretax loss widened by 26.7% to £22.6m last year giving it combined losses of £142.2m since it hel…